regedit.exe is the inbuilt tool which provides direct access to the Windows Registry. Only tag if your question specifically involves using regedit.exe, otherwise use [windows-registry].

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Open registry directly to a given key?

I need to open a registry key such as the following in regedit. HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Foo\Bar Is there a tool which will navigate to the key for me, without my having to navigate the folders ...
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Where are the Windows Registry Files stored?

Where can I find the files edited when you run RegEdit?
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What does the path '\REGISTRY\A\…' in Sysinternals Procmon log mean?

I use Sysinternals Procmon utility to monitor the registry access by some programs. Most log entries have the Path property starting from HKCU\… or HKLM\…, that corresponds to the registry hives ...
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What is a faster way to search the Windows registry?

Because the Windows registry is a hierarchy, the way regedit is laid out makes typical searches inefficient and slow. Typically, when performing a search in regedit, you highlight the first line ('...
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How do you add an item to the context menu of a folder?

I know how to add a context menu for when you click on an actual folder: [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\commandNameHere] but what about clicking on nothing in a folder? like I make a new ...
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How to force a file association in Windows 7? (Regedit?)

I recently upgraded my Adobe CS4 Des. Standard to CS5. For some reason Adobe didn't overwrite CS4 but instead installed CS5 as a whole new series of programs. Seeing as I didn't want both CS4 & ...
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How to increase mouse sensitivity beyond limits in Windows Regedit?

I want to increase mouse sensitivity beyond the limits set in Windows 7 Control Panel. I found various mouse sensitivity settings in regedit under HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Mouse. Can I ...
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How do I change wallpaper real time regedit commands?

What I want is to programatically change Desktop Wallpaper every few hours. I'm using a batch file (.bat) and don't want to use other languages or programs, just the pre-installed stuff with Windows ...
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How to modify a computer's offline registry from WINPE?

I need to make changes on my registry without using the OS software, and need to do it with WINPE. However when WINPE is ready to work and I am trying to open regedit.exe it shows me only current OS ...
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If I am not an administrator but I want to read the registry, what is easiest way to do it?

When I open regedit in Windows 7, I get "Registry editing has been disabled by your administrator" Can I open it someway in readonly mode? Or does anyone know how can I see values in the ...
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Set “never combine” in Windows 7 using the registry?

How do i set task bar buttons to "never combine" using the registry?
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How can I associate multiple context menu types for one file extension in the registry?

I want to add custom context menu options for certain file extensions (like .zip-files) for a program I'm developing. However on many (but not all) PCs my software is going to be installed on 7-Zip is ...
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All files trying to start in Notepad [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Window7 troubleshooting .exe is not opening This question has been asked, but the solutions given were worthless to me because ALL files are trying to open in Notepad. I ...
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Autorun for PowerShell

I have created some aliases (doskey), saved them to a file and added AutoRun value (pointing that file) for cmd.exe at: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Command Processor I would like to do ...
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Turn Windows feature on or off is missing, Windows XP

I'm an administrator on the machine but the option under Control Panel -> Add Or Remove Programs is missing. Does anyone know where the registry key is to enable this?
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Force IE9 to always start InPrivate browsing mode?

I don't mean creating a shortcut that includes the -private option. I was wondering if there was a known reg edit that could be toggled to always have IE start in InPrivate mode no matter how a user ...
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How do they make apps that tweak the registry

Yesterday I've read something about putting other menus when you right click on your desktop. By editing the registry through regedit.exe. Today or tomorrow there will be an app that will do this ...
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How to edit registry from Vista recovery tool?

How can i edit the registry from the Windows Vista recovery tool? The recovery tool provides 5 options: Startup Repair System Restore Windows Complete PC Restore Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool ...
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How to edit Registry from another OS Boot up

I accidentally changed one parameter in Windows and it was crashed and restarted everytime I logon. I can't go with safe mode. Restoring to Known Good Configurations doesn't work too. Unfortunately ...
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Where is the Regedit user-settings file located?

I want to make a backup of it. For the favorites.
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on Windows XP, how can I remove (NOT hide) a system tray icon without closing the process?

So I leave uTorrent running on the system tray when I go to work, but every time my brother gets on the pc he closes it. So by the time I get back I've lost 7-8 hours of download. Most infuriating. I ...
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Easiest way to update a Registry value?

While using Linux I've grown accustomed to one-liners when I search online to fix annoying defaults. I know that these one liners could be very dangerous so I always make sure I know what they are ...
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IE 9 home page is hijacked by avg

I definitely know how to change the home page in Internet Explorer (Tools -> Options -> General). The problem is, no matter what I put there, it never changes. Stop/restart Internet Explorer and ...
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I messed with my registry, now I need to change it back

I was trying to change which programs opened and edited my batch files in Windows 7. Now I want to change it all back to default, but my computer hasn't made any restore points. Can someone tell me ...
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Should I use registry cleaners? [closed]

I have a computer that has had some registry issues. I repaired my Windows installation, however I would like to ensure that there aren't any more issues. I read that you can use this method by ...
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Registry access denied

I edited ["HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings"] and set the administrator permissions to "Deny". Now, when I try to open any file it gives me this message: ...
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Command Prompt, msconfig, regedit close immediately after opening

cmd.exe, regedit, msconfig and other system utilities close immediately after I open them. After restarting Windows, the folder option "Hide extensions for known file types" is automatically checked. ...
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Regedit.exe import fails to pick up “text” field

I am migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7. I use database software (Aginity Workbench), which allows a user to save common queries called "Code Snippets". These snippets are stored in the registry: ...
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How can I recover from deleting regedit?

I erased my regedit by mistake. I deleted it by typing it into the search bar in Windows 7, right-clicking and selecting "delete." Now when I type regedit in the search bar, it shows no results. How ...
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How set GMail as default mail client on Windows XP

How set GMail as default mail client on Windows XP? I would prefer a solution that allow me to use Google Chrome to launch GMail.
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How to remove all items containing a string in Windows registry?

I am trying to remove all reference to 'Business Objects' on my machine as my previous install was not right and doesnt give option to uninstall. I am able to delete one by one with find next (F3 =>...
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Add registry entries for all users

I've installed a software on my windows 8 computer which writes entries in my registry. How can I modify this registry entries for all users ? For example what I need to modify is values from this key ...
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Windows 8 Registry Permission to change values

Since Windows-8 I'm unable to change values in the registry (different customizations) like changing the explorer menu. Anyone able to change the value of the key 'Attributes' in the following folder?...
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Ask registry value status & use computer name as registry value

I have made a .reg file where I set certain registry values. but I need to have a printout of situation before and after. So how can I easily read out all reg values (within this regfile)? And is it ...
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Regedit Won't Start

I recently had an issue with a program not starting. I read the solution, which required modifying a registry key. When I went to start regedit I receive this message: The service did not respon ...
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regedit - how to reset to (value not set)

Let's say the key is HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell, and i edit the value to empty Then how can this registry key reset back to (value not set) state ? I tried reg add HKCR\Folder\Shell /t ...
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windows registry to manage Enable pointer shadow

I have being doing some research on Google but I cannot find what is the windows registry to manage Enable pointer shadow. I need to find it to do a global update for my citrix gold image.
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JavaScript error on embedded Internet Explorer

I have a wallboard setup to display statistics in the office, however the widget that uses embedded Internet Explorer keeps coming up with a JavaScript error. The error can be closed without ...
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How to get rid of the “Failed to update system registry” dialog for an application with normal user permissions

I have an application which is modifying the Windows registry upon execution. With administrator privileges, the application executes fine (no problem) but whenever a normal user executes the ...
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What is the difference between regedit and gpedit.msc?

From my limited knowledge, it seems that gpedit.msc and regedit accomplish the same goal for me. What exactly are the differences? Which is more powerful? Which is more dangerous to play with?
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Windows 8.1 touchpad three-finger-multitouch gesture gone

Couple of days ago, i installed the Windows 8.1 Pro WMC and all of a sudden the touchpad gesture, which worked like a charm back in Win 8.1 preview, Win 8 and even Win 7, just stopped working. I am ...
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How do I undo a deletion or modification made in RegEdit?

I followed http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/5hs4b7a6.aspx to diasble Just-In-Time-Debugging. I deleted the following registry key in: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\...
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I'm trying to conserve SSD space & want to move User Accounts to HD [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Moving users folder on Windows Vista/Seven to another partition I have a newly installed Windows 7 install on an SSD, and have about 17GB free before adding any users or ...
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Removing deep freeze enterprise

I have a second hand business computer that has deep freeze enterprise, and I do not know the password nor access to the OTP. I've looked around and have found instructions for the standard version, ...
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How to change meta data of a registry key?

According to Wikipedia: "The Windows registry can be edited manually using programs such as regedit.exe, although these tools do not expose some of registry's metadata such as the last modified date." ...
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Command line syntax for launching a softphone

I was advised to use the following command, from the Windows command line, in order to get my softphone to dial a number: @="\"C:\\Program Files\\qutecom\\qutecom.exe\" \"-c\" \"call\\%1\"" However,...
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How do I disable Windows notifications from the registry?

Kindly give me the full path of regedit from where I can disable the windows notification. For example if I disable the ctrl+alt+del from regedit, after disabling windows sends me the notification ...
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Change default file name for “new” context menu items

I recently customised my "New" context menu to my likings by adding HTML, CSS, JavaScript and PHP to it and removing the others though they have values I want to change if possible. For example, HTML ...
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Windows Explorer doesn't show correctly the custom icon

I have an issue with a custom file extension that I've added in the registry, I've followed all steps, reviewed the .ico file path, deleted the associated registry entries and tried again, rebooting ...
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Remap CapsLock to $?

I have now been trying to remap CapsLock to $. But without luck. I have tried the following Binary code. 00000000 00000000 02000000 05003A00 00000000 When I now click the CapsLock it comes out ...